What Supermarket Chains Are Found in Brazil?


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As of 2015, the largest supermarket chain in Brazil is Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição. Carrefour Comércio e Indústria Ltda and Wal-Mart Brasil Ltda are numbers two and three, respectively. In total, there are more than a dozen supermarket chains in Brazil.

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Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição was founded in 1948 and is still partially run by the founding family along with a French corporate conglomerate. The company grosses more than $52 billion annually. The chain features supermarkets as well as hypermarkets, and has four in-house brands. The chain has more than 1,500 stores across Brazil.

Carrefour Comércio e Indústria Ltda is a French supermarket chain that expanded into Brazil in the mid-1970s. In addition to supermarkets and hypermarkets, the chain also operates convenience stores. As of 2012, the company operated about 500 stores across Brazil.

Wal-Mart Brasil Ltda. is a subsidiary of the American-based Walmart company. Walmart opened its first store in Brazil in 1995 and now has approximately 500 stores across the country. Although Walmart in Brazil falls under the umbrella of the American-based company, it does feature some brands that are exclusive to Brazil. It also grosses more money than both Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição and arrefour Comércio e Indústria, despite having fewer stores. The top three supermarket chains in Brazil together operate more stores than the next seven largest chains put together.

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